Post-election Audit

Beginning in 2019, a new Kansas law requires county election officers to conduct a manual audit of each vote cast in one-percent of the county’s precincts. The precincts audited will be randomly selected after the election. Johnson County has 502 precincts, which means six precincts will be randomly selected and audited.

In odd-numbered municipal election years, the law requires auditing of two local contests randomly selected after the election.

In even-numbered gubernatorial election years, the law requires auditing of one federal contest, one statewide contest, one state legislative contest, and one county contest randomly selected after the election.

In even-numbered presidential election years, the law requires auditing of one federal contest, one state legislative contest, and one county contest randomly selected after the election.

The law requires the audit to take place before the county’s board of canvassers meets to certify the election results. The audit will be performed by trained, bipartisan members of a sworn election board selected by the Election Commissioner.

The results of the audit will be compared to the unofficial results from Election Day, and a report will be submitted to the Election Commissioner and Secretary of State before the county’s board of canvassers meets. In the event of a discrepancy between the audited results and unofficial results that cannot be resolved, the Election Commissioner or Secretary of State is authorized to require an audit of additional precincts.

Members of the public, candidates, and poll agents are permitted to attend and observe the selection or audit, but may not participate in the proceedings, nor in any discussions or deliberations, and may not disrupt or interfere with the process.